Incredibly, the largest single gathering of Irish folk songs had been almost inaccessible because, originally newspaper based, it was available in only three libraries, in Belfast, Dublin, and Washington D.C. Sam Henry's "Songs of the People" makes the music available to a wider audience than the collector ever imagined. Comprising nearly 690 selections, this thoroughly annotated and indexed collection is a treasure for anyone who performs, composes, studies, collects, or simply enjoys folk music. It is valuable as an outstanding record of Irish folk songs before World War II, demonstrating the historical ties between Irish and Southern folk culture and the tremendous Irish influence on American folk music.
In addition to the songs themselves and their original commentary, Sam Henry's "Songs of the People" includes a glossary, bibliography, discography, index of titles and first lines, melodic index, index of the original sources of the songs and information about them, geographical index of sources, and three appendixes related to the original song series in the Northern Constitution.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 1488 g
Dimensions: 279 x 210 x 34 mm
Anyone who loves Irish song will want to have a copy of this huge and extraordinary collection and will spend many delighted hours browsing through it. And because Irish song is such an important element in American song, north and south, it's great that the University of Georgia Press is making it available.--Pete Seeger
This is obviously a very important book to all who are interested in folk songs, and especially those researching Irish songs.--Edith Fowke "Come-All-Ye "
Sam Henry's collection is a 'classic' work in every sense; this new book is a classic study which should be sought out by anyone seriously interested in Anglo-Irish folk song.--John Paddy Browne "Folk on Tap "
If you like folk music, you will love this book.--Irish Echo
Its presence as a social and historical record is of undoubted worth.--Irish Times Limited
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